“We have a business model like no other and a way of working that is new and exciting.”
Why did you apply to work for us?
When looking for placement jobs four years ago boohoo offered the most exciting and comprehensive job opportunity. It was and still is a growing company, which in my mind meant there was a lot of opportunity to progress and be exposed to more a lot earlier on in your career. The collaborations, the advertisements, the products are all fresh and forward thinking so it was clear to me that I wanted to work here.
What do you get up to in your role? What makes it different compared with other similar roles you’ve had?
As a Junior Buyer, there are many responsibilities within the role. Overseeing the team on critical paths, fits and samples. Constantly in contact with the Heads Of for sign off, daily in some cases, and trading the fast lead-time areas, moving styles on to get the most out of them. Working with design in meetings to create cohesive prints and colours to what has already worked to move best sellers on for the season. Constantly keeping up to date with merchandisers to ensure we know when we are getting the stock in and if we can do anything to optimise this as well as our rebuys. You are involved across multiple departments daily and have a say.
What’s the best thing about working for us?
I would say the opportunities as well as the people. Everyone working here has the same likeminded goal and the whole group is very family orientated. You are able to voice your opinion no matter what your level, which is important for us as a brand as we always need to know what the next best thing will be. I love the speed of the company, constantly looking on socials to get the latest trend online, how quickly can we get something in and trade from it. Moving things on that are working and reacting to what the trend is right now rather than booking seasons. That is boohooMAN’s bread and butter and is an exciting part of the job and company.
How would you describe the culture?
The culture at boohooMAN is very family orientated; everyone is extremely hard working with the same goal in mind all whilst having a laugh and enjoying the environment in the office.
How has your career developed since you’ve worked here?
At boohooMAN you won’t get the exposure or experience you do here at other companies so early on in your career. You learn a lot more from the off and learn on the job due to the pace of the company. You will get to go on buying trips a lot sooner, which is important to your personal development, as well as being involved in buying areas a lot sooner than other companies. I have been fortunate to work on an area that has varied product categories in, so I am exposed to the technical side across Jersey, Denim, Swim, and Outerwear, which all require different knowledge. Same goes for License product, I have been fortunate to work on this for a number of years and the exposure of my department has allowed me to understand and work on this.
Have you been offered any training, networking, workshops etc (internal or external)?
There are many training programmes online as well as more job specific training for Excel too. I have been able to go to supplier expos for new suppliers networking that way as well as traveling to the BLE License expo in London to network with brands for potential collaborations, which has been extremely useful.
What’s been your biggest achievement/proudest moment so far?
I am proud of the growth Plus has had over the last 3 years. Expanding the offering and building a department that is able to offer high fashion products to all. We are one of the leading brands for this department and are striving to be the number one Plus Size department in the market, and will be.
What makes someone successful here?
I would say someone who is hard working, uses their initiative; works well with people in the office as well as suppliers, creative and has a good eye for product. There are opportunities everywhere so taking them is definitely a step in the right direction for being successful.
What do you think makes us unique as an employer?
Everyone is very friendly and up for a laugh and this comes across at all levels, but we are able to maintain the hard work and ethos the company was built on to make the brand successful. We have daily sign offs which shows how much we are able to build on departments, and trade fast lead-time areas which many other companies struggle to do. We are unique in the sense we react to trends immediately, and compete to be the first people to get the trend to market.
Describe working here in 3 words.
Exciting, fast and motivating.
Why should top talent join us instead of a competitor?
We have a business model like no other and a way of working that is new and exciting, this will motivate you to do better and learn more in your career. It is a growing company, there will always be opportunities within the Group and you will be able to have the chance to take them. In addition, the environment in the office is great, there is always a buzz about it with something always going on and sociable.